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Commissioner of a Maryland county pleads guilty to DWI

Back on Feb. 6, 2014, we reported that a commissioner in a Maryland County was pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving ("Were field sobriety tests correctly administered in DUI arrest?"). A sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle moving erratically and initiated a traffic stop that led to his arrest. Recently, the commissioner pleaded guilty to DWI in exchange for probation.

He received three months of supervised probation, to be followed by nine months of unsupervised probation. If he satisfactorily completes the sentence, no conviction will appear on his record. Additionally, prosecutors dropped the DUI and DUI per se charges originally filed against him, along with the charge of driving while impaired.

This was the commissioner's first time being charged with driving under the influence -- per se or otherwise. This may be why he was able to obtain the judge's approval to probation even before he entered his plea. The man took responsibility for his actions shortly after being arrested and expressed remorse at his mistake. He also apologized to his family and the residents of the Maryland county in which he is a commissioner.

This man claimed emphatically that this was a one-time mistake and it would never happen again. The circumstances surrounding his DWI case led the judge to believe him. However, he was warned that any subsequent drunk driving charges could result in jail time. Fortunately, the judicial system has the freedom to show leniency in cases involving first time offenders. An individual in a similar situation may consider pleading guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for a more lenient sentence and a chance to keep the conviction off his or her record.

Source: somdnews.com, "Collins gets probation for DWI plea", Jeff Newman, April 3, 2014

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